Summer 2021 Secondary Announcements

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These are the Secondary announcements in Summer 2021. The latest announcements will be posted on top. Scroll down for past announcements.

Week 6

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

New Today

  1. Student Council is holding a Bottle Drive. Yesterday, we asked for your help deciding on an organization to support. Thanks to everyone who voted. The final choice is CNIB Foundation! CNIB stands for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. They are dedicated to helping Canadians with vision loss or blindness. For example, they train guide dogs which helps a person with sight loss gain freedom and independence. Every year, more than 50,000 Canadians lose their sight. When you sponsor CNIB by donating to our bottle drive, you are giving a life-changing gift: freedom, independence and safety for a person with sight loss.
    1. How can you participate in the bottle drive? There are two ways. (1) At school, instead of recycling your empty drink containers in the blue bins, add them to the boxes labelled “Bottle Drive” in the Student Lounge or Room 314. (2) At home, collect your empty drink containers and bring them to school between now and July 2 and then either bring them little by little over the next couple of weeks or bring everything on July 2, whatever is more convenient for you. The Student Council would like to thank everyone in advance for the support.
  2. We have a bike ride activity this Saturday. This time, we are riding the False Creek Seawall to Spanish Banks beach. The activity starts at 10am and will be about 2.5 hours. Registration is open today. Please see Zerlinda to register.

Previous Announcements

  1. There is a Biscoff cookie fundraiser for Ride Don’t Hide happening today! As you know, Columbia College is participating in Ride Don’t Hide which raises money so more people in Canada, especially children and youth, can gain access to mental health support services. Come buy a package of Lotus Biscoff cookies! We won’t judge if you don’t share with your friends because these are just so yummy. They are selling for $3.50 each or two for $6. Biscoffs are the iconic in-flight snack that takes you back to those air travel days. You need to get on board if you have never tasted one of these delicate, sweet and oh so yummy cookies!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

New Today

  1. Tomorrow, we are holding a Biscoff cookie sale to fundraise for Ride Don’t Hide! As you know, Columbia College is participating in Ride Don’t Hide this month. It is an event in Greater Vancouver that supports mental health awareness and raise funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Lotus Biscoff cookies are the iconic in-flight snack that takes you back to those air travel days. You need to get on board if you have never heard of them or, more importantly, never tasted one of these delicate, sweet and oh so yummy cookies! Come grab one for $3.50 or two for $6.

Previous Announcements

  1. Student Council is holding a Bottle Drive. They would like your help choosing a charitable organization to support. A bottle drive is a fundraiser in which you donate your empty drink cans and bottles to us and we bring them to a Return-It depot for cash. The organizations you can vote for are the CNIB Foundation and the BC SPCA.
    1. The CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. They are dedicated to helping Canadians with vision loss or blindness. They provide information about vision health for all Canadians.
    2. The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization that supports animal welfare and advocates for animal protection. They rescue animals from abuse. They work to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C. They operate animal shelters and hosts educational workshops and public awareness programs in BC.
  2. As a reminder, Thursday is a half Pro-D Day. The 3rd and 4th blocks and Ping Pong and Art Club are cancelled.

Monday, June 14, 2021

New Today

  1. The Student Council is holding a bottle drive to fundraise for a local charity. They are looking for your input on which organization you wish to support. The candidates will be announced by email and voting will happen tomorrow. Please check your emails for more information.

Previous Announcements

  1. This is a final notice that Krav Maga classes are officially moved to Mondays. Due to this change, we are extending the registration deadline to June 21. It would be amazing to see more people take advantage of this opportunity and learn practical skills to protect yourself and your loved ones.
  2. Pro-D Day is coming up on Thursday. Pro-D Day is for instructors and staff to participate in professional development workshops. Lucky for you, students, that means the 3rd and 4th blocks are cancelled and you get the afternoon off! Ping Pong and Art Club are also cancelled that day.

Week 5

Friday, June 11, 2021

Previous Announcements

  1. Thursday, June 17 is a half Professional Development Day or Pro-D Day. Morning classes in the 1st and 2nd periods will be in session as usual. The 3rd and 4th periods will be cancelled. All students should leave the campus after 2nd period as the school will be closed for the afternoon.
  2. Krav Maga is officially moving to Mondays for the rest of the semester. Next class will be on Monday, June 14 at 4:00-5:30pm. Now if your chance to join and learn the skills to protect yourself and your loved ones. At this time, we are also opening registration to staff and instructors. Please visit columbiacollege.ca/selfdefense to sign up.
  3. Student Council is continuing to collect hand prints from everyone for their memory wall poster. If you haven’t added your hand print yet, we invite you to do so at lunch today in the Student Lounge. Instructors and staff, you are invited too! If you’d like to check out the poster, it is hung up on the white board in Room 314.
  4. A quick reminder to all students who signed up for tomorrow’s hike, please meet in Room 314 after school for our mandatory trip meeting.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

New Today

  1. Thursday, June 17 is a half Professional Development Day or Pro-D Day. Morning classes in the 1st and 2nd periods will be in session as usual. The 3rd and 4th periods will be cancelled. All students should leave the campus after 2nd period as the school will be closed for the afternoon.

Previous Announcements

  1. Student Council is continuing to collect hand prints from everyone for their memory wall poster. If you haven’t added your hand print yet, we invite you to do so at lunch tomorrow in the Student Lounge. Instructors and staff, you are invited too! If you’d like to check out the poster, it is hung up on the white board in Room 314.
  2. Krav Maga is officially moving to Mondays for the rest of the semester. Next class will be on Monday, June 14 at 4:00-5:30pm. Now if your chance to join and learn the skills to protect yourself and your loved ones. At this time, we are also opening registration to staff and instructors. Please visit columbiacollege.ca/selfdefense to sign up.
  3. This semester’s lockdown drill is happening today at 1:40pm. The lockdown drill helps us practice what to do in the case of a dangerous intruder. When you hear the LD message, quickly move to the closest room that can close and lock and has blinds. Turn off all lights, close the blinds. Go to the least visible corner of the room and stay completely quiet.

Wednesday, June 8, 2021

New Today

  1. Student Council is creating a memory poster with everyone’s hand prints painted on it. We invite you to come add your hand print and signature at lunch in the Student Lounge.

Previous Announcements

  1. There is a lockdown drill happening tomorrow. A lockdown drill helps us practice what to do in the case of a dangerous intruder. When you hear the lockdown message, quickly move to the closest room that can close and lock and has blinds. Turn off all lights, close the blinds. Go to the least visible corner of the room and stay completely quiet.
  2. To all students who signed up for Krav Maga, this is a reminder that the first class is after school today at 4:00-5:30 pm. Please meet in Room 320.
  3. To all students who signed up for this Saturday’s hike on Bowen Island, this is a reminder that we have a mandatory trip meeting on Friday after school. Please meet in Room 314 at 4pm. We will go over details of the hike and all expectations. If you don’t attend this meeting, you cannot come to the hike. Please mark it in your calendar so you don’t forget.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

New Today

  1. A lockdown drill is coming up this Thursday. Please pay attention to instructions from your teachers and on the white board.

Previous Announcements

  1. Our 8-week Krav Maga course starts tomorrow. As a reminder, it will be in Room 320/330 from 4:00-5:30 PM. See you there!
  2. This Saturday’s hike on Bowen Island is almost full. I expect it’ll get filled up by the end of today. Anyone who wishes to join should sign up ASAP. To students who signed up, please attend a mandatory trip meeting on Friday after school. We will go over everything you need to know about this hiking trip. You must attend this meeting to go on the trip. Again, that’s this Friday at 4pm in Room 314.

Monday, June 7, 2021

New Today

  1. Ride Don’t Hide We had 11 students at Saturday’s bike ride around the Stanley Park Seawall. Thank you for coming. As a group, we logged 1440 minutes towards our Ride Don’t Hide goal!
  2. For this weekend’s outdoor activity, we will be going hiking on Bowen Island. We will hike Mount Gardner, which is a moderate hike that is approximately 4-5 hours. This hiking trip includes a ferry ride to and from the island. If you are interested, please see me to sign up.

Previous Announcements

  1. Krav Maga self-defense classes start this Wednesday at 4:00-5:30pm. This is an 8-week after school course from this week until Week 12. As a reminder, it is possible for classes to switch to Mondays. However, please don’t wait until classes have switched to Mondays before attending. If you are interested in the course at all, it is important that you go to the first class on Wednesday and let the instructor know you can only commit to Mondays.

Week 4

Thursday, June 3, 2021

New Today

  1. When exiting the building, please only use Stair #1. It is the only designated exit. All other routes are for emergency use only. This protocol is in place as part of our building’s safety plan which is submitted to various government bodies. We appreciate your cooperation in following the plan. 

Previous Announcements

  1. Our first small group bike ride is now full! We are going to ride the Stanley Park Seawall this Saturday. If you didn’t have a chance to sign up, we will be going on more bike rides throughout June. We will also have other small group activities like hiking, kayaking and climbing. If these sound interesting to you, sign up quickly when the time comes!
  2. Self-defense classes are open for sign up. We are offering a free 8-week Krav Maga course starting next week. . You can learn skills to protect yourself and your loved ones. Krav Maga is a practical and effective self-defense system focusing on how to prevent and overcome real world violence and attacks. Please register online at https://www.columbiacollege.ca/selfdefense.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

New Today

  1. Would you like to learn self-defense? This summer, Student Life is offering a free 8-week Krav Maga course. You can learn skills to protect yourself and your loved ones. Krav Maga is a practical and effective self-defense system focusing on how to prevent and overcome real world violence and attacks. This course is designed for people who are serious about learning to defend themselves. Classes start next Wednesday, June 9 and will continue every Wednesday for 8 weeks. The course requires you to be committed to attending class every Wednesday after school. Class time is 4:00-5:30 PM. Registration is open now! You can register online at https://www.columbiacollege.ca/selfdefense. If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to ask me in The Basement or message me on Teams.

Previous Announcements

  1. Columbia College is participating in Ride Don’t Hide to support mental health awareness month in June. We are looking for bike riders, walkers, runners, yogis, spinners, dancers, rope-jumpers , HIIT trainers and more to join the Columbia College team! Our team goal is 3,300 minutes of activity and $2,000 in funds raised. If you have any questions, I will be promoting Ride Don’t Hide today at lunch in the Student Lounge. Please come to ask anything, donate or join the team!
    1. Join our Ride Don’t Hide Team Kickoff this Friday. A virtual Team Kickoff will happen from 3-4 pm on Teams. A face-to-face Team Kickoff will happen from 4-5 pm in Room 314. This event is an orientation to welcome and thank those who join the team. We will meet other team members in the CC community, share your reason for riding, learn helpful fundraising and morale boosting tips and be recognized and appreciated for your participation in the ride. 
  2. This Saturday’s bike ride is open for sign up! If you wish to join, sign up with Zerlinda starting today at lunch.
  3. As you may see on the white board, we are 90% going to have a pizza party this Friday. Great work masking up so far this week! We have been watching and seeing an active effort from everyone. Thank you for that. Keep it up 🙂

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

New Today

  1. June is mental health awareness month. In support of mental health, Columbia College has joined Ride Don’t Hide, a movement and a fundraiser that helps people take care of their mental health. We are looking for students, faculty and staff can join the Columbia College team! To participate, you don’t need to have a bike. You can walk, run, dance, do martial arts, yoga, crossfit – whatever your activity is, you can do it to pitch in to our goal of 3,300 minutes of activity. On top of activity, we are also fundraising so that one more person can access mental health support. Our team goal is $2,000. If you are not able to join the team, consider donating to the cause! An email was sent yesterday about this event. You can also read more on our blog post at columbiacollege.ca/blog. If you have any questions, I will be promoting Ride Don’t Hide tomorrow at lunch in the Student Lounge. Please come to ask anything, donate or join the team!
  2. Our first small group bike ride will take place this Saturday morning from 10am-12pm. We will be riding the Stanley Park Seawall. Sign up opens tomorrow at lunch.

Previous Announcements

  1. Nurse Claire would like to treat students to pizza lunch this Friday! Your instructors and staff will be watching for good mask wearing behaviour. We are looking for an active effort in committing to wearing their masks consistently. This means if one student messed up, then we all mess up. Please give each other kind reminders. We’re all in it together!

Monday, May 31, 2021

New Today

  1. What happens if someone in your class or club tests positive for COVID-19?
    1. If you or someone in your class or club tests positive for COVID-19 within a couple days of that class or club meeting, and you or they were not consistently wearing a mask there is a strong possibility the whole class or group will be asked to isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. It would count as an official school transmission and be posted on the VCH website of school transmissions and exposures. (15 minutes of unmasked time indoors is all it would take!)
    2. If the same situation occurs and all staff and students are consistently wearing a mask, no other follow up is required from anyone other than the person who tests positive and their close contacts.
    3. It would be so disappointing to have to isolate for 14 days, even worse to contract or transmit COVID-19 at this stage of the pandemic. Please remember to wear your masks at all times unless they are seated while eating or drinking. We have made it 8 months without a school transmission, let’s do our best to make it to September!
  2. Win a pizza lunch this week!
    1. If you can keep your masks on without reminders, we will treat you to pizza lunch this Friday! Nurse Claire will be watching and your instructors and staff will be watching. If we see an active effort in students committing to wearing their masks consistently, we’ll get you pizza!

Week 3

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

New Today

  1. Great job on yesterday’s fire drill. Evacuation was successful. Our next emergency preparedness drills are as follows:
    1. Lockdown Drill – Thursday, June 10 @ 1:40 PM
    2. Earthquake Drill – Monday, June 14 @ 11:35 AM
  2. This semester, students on the TIP will be charged a $50 late fee if they are late in paying their Tuition Instalments. Instalment #2 is due on June 14th, Instalment #3 is due on July 12.
  3. All people living in BC over age 12 can get the vaccine! All of you can have the COVID-19 vaccine now! Vaccines and safe, effective and FREE. This is how you get it: If you have MSP register online here. If you do not have MSP call 1-833-838-2323. If you have questions about the vaccine check out this site or ask the Nurse at [email protected]. See one of our very own teachers get his vaccine here (opens YouTube).

Week 1

Monday, May 10, 2021

New Today

  1. Those wishing to join a club should visit the Student Lounge on Wednesday, May 12 for Clubs Day. Clubs available this semester and instructions on how to join will be posted by then. If you would like to start a new club, there will also be information available about that. The Student Life Coordinator will be there during lunch time to answer any questions.
  2. Student Council first meeting next Monday, May 17. Any students wishing to get a taste of what Student Council meetings are like before deciding to join or not should attend!
  3. Masks required on campus at all times – We are seeing encouraging signs about the direction the pandemic is taking in BC. However, we cannot emphasize strongly enough how much care each of us at CC must take to ensure that we remain safe. We urge you therefore to abide by any safety restrictions that your teachers might impose upon you, however irksome you might find them – to particular, the rule that you are to wear a mask at all times in the building. We trust you to conduct yourselves always with the utmost regard for you own and each other’s safety.